Do you like Atlanta? Here are 10 shows to watch next

Atlanta has come a long way since it first premiered in 2016. Donald Glover’s series, which he once described as “twin peaks for rappers,” pushes the boundaries of what can be done (and expected) in a comedy television series. Surreal, poignant and hilarious, the FX program, which just wrapped its third season, stars Glover as Earnest “Earn” Marks, an up-and-coming music executive who seeks to put his rapper cousin Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles (Bryan Tyree Henri) on the map. They are joined on this journey by friend Darius (LaKeith Stanfield) and ex Vanessa de Earn (Zazie Beetz).

It’s a success story in the music industry, but Atlanta twists tones, plays with narrative structures, and delves into themes from every corner of the black experience in America. While we wait for the series to return for its fourth and final season, here are 10 immersive, quirky, and thought-provoking comedies to watch if you liked them. Atlanta.


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David

If it weren’t for the success of Atlanta, FX may not have continued to pursue the music industry-themed comedy narrative. But luckily they did. And who better to lead a comedy-drama infused with quirky rap than Dave Burd (aka Lil Dicky). David follows a fictionalized version of the real-life comedy rapper and explores his own identity and relationship issues as the quirky and, often, confusing complexities of the music industry loom large. Doja Cat, Benny Blanco, Justin Bieber and Kevin Hart are just a few of the celebrities who have appeared.

Where to watch: 2 seasons on Hulu.




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Precarious

In 2016, Issa Rae burst onto the scene with Precariousthe HBO comedy series she created and starred in. What started as a web series called Awkward black girl turned into a groundbreaking television series that garnered numerous Emmy nominations and put Rae on the map as a formidable creator in Hollywood.

Similar in tone to Atlanta, Precarious provides insight into an aspect of the human experience that was, until recently, completely unrepresented on television: it explores what it is to be a black woman in America. Representation aside, Rae’s creation does a fantastic job of reaching a wider audience, while addressing relevant cultural issues and gender dynamics in the workplace and maintaining a humorous tone throughout.

Where to watch: 5 seasons on HBO.




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Flea bag

Phoebe Waller-Bridge creates, writes and stars in Amazon’s widely acclaimed comedy series, Flea bag. The show follows an unnamed woman, as she lives her life in London while dealing with love, loss and everything in between. Even though the episode is around 30 minutes long (much like the majority of the entries on this list), the show delivers on the hype – it’s hilarious, dramatic, moving, and surprising. And it also transformed Andrew Scott, who was best known for his dastardly take on Moriarty in sherlockinto a sex symbol for playing the potential love interest of Waller-Bridge’s character, aka “Hot Priest”.

Where to watch: 2 seasons of Prime Video.




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Random acts of theft

If you’ve never heard of Random acts of theft, you’re not alone. The hard-to-describe skit series premiered in 2018 and completely flew under the radar. Created by Terence Nance, the tone of the series was eerie, abstract and poignant. The program was crafted for late-night audiences and offered eerie ideas and loose narratives that felt rooted in artistic, quirky and symbolic concepts meant to provoke thoughts and emotions in the viewer that are hard to put into words. Among the show’s skits, the Jon Hamm-hosted commercials of “White Thoughts” and a skincare product to cure them are a great example of the show’s deep brilliance and star appeal. If you are looking for strange content similar to Atlanta‘s Black Justin Bieber and Teddy Perkins, this show is for you.

Where to watch: 1 season on HBO Max.




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Rummy

Ramy Youssef’s semi-biographical comedy series about the American experience of an American Muslim living in New Jersey premiered on Hulu in 2019. Since then, Youssef’s star has risen rapidly. Narratively speaking, the narrative structure of the program recalls Atlanta, but highlights the regularly misunderstood and misrepresented Muslim. Ramy’s honest struggles with faith, family, and romantic relationships all contribute to the Emmy-winning comedy-drama.

Where to watch: 2 seasons on Hulu.




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Dear Whites

Netflix’s adaptation of the 2014 film, Dear Whites, follows a group of black students from the University of Winchester as they learn about life at the prestigious, but fictional, Ivy League College. Justin Simien, the director of the film and creator of the series, has designed a program that explores the institutional racism that exists in the university landscape. It’s the foundation of the series that allows its characters to dissect the systemic racism, classism, sexual identity, and societal expectations that make up America today. Oh, and it’s also pretty funny.

Where to watch: 4 seasons on Netflix.




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barry

Bill Hader showcased his acting skills as a sketch performer on Saturday Night Live. But he also struggled with mental health issues and anxiety. Luckily, he found ways to channel those struggles into HBO’s groundbreaking comedy series. barry. Hader plays the title character, a hitman suffering from an identity crisis who turns to acting as a means of spiritual rebirth. Unfortunately, it’s not at all easy to leave behind your life as a killer. To like Atlanta, the series is presented in an offbeat tone, while digging into deeply resonant issues. And, much like Donald Glover, who not only stars on this show but also writes and directs episodes, Hader stepped behind the camera to help bring his Emmy-winning vision to life.

Where to watch: 3 seasons on HBO.




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Reservation dogs

Reservation dogs is its own unique thing, but there is a Atlantaquirky style to the revolutionary series. Created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi, the program follows four Native teenagers living on a reservation in small-town Oklahoma who share a big dream of leaving their mundane community to live the good life in a far-away exotic place known simply as the name of ” California.” To fund this great escape, the group engages in all manner of criminal activity and in the process introduces the reserve’s cast of eccentric characters. A little like Atlanta, Reservation dogs claims humor, authenticity and the ability to convey cultural concepts in a way that is totally relevant to the general public.

Where to watch: 1 season on FX.




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A dark lady sketch show

A sketch comedy series featuring an all-black female cast, the show’s writers room follows suit and the production’s Dime Davis is the first female black sketch comedy director. Robin Thede is the creator and star of the program, which, as HBO’s synopsis states, “is set in a boundless magical reality.” Although the show touches on culturally relevant issues such as mental health, faith, sex, relationships, etc., it should be noted that it took until 2019 for a show like this to see the day. Over its three seasons, notable guest stars like Angela Bassett, Laverne Cox, Tia Mowry, Loretta Devine, Kelly Rowland and David Alan Grier appeared to provide some laughs.

Where to watch: 3 seasons on HBO.




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Community

Donald Glover became a recognizable name for the first time in Dan Harmon’s brilliant NBC sitcom Community. Before he took on the role of Earn, the music producer, he was Troy Barnes, the lovable college jock, a bit dumb and totally nerdy. Of course, he was already into music under his hip hop moniker Childish Gambino, and had previously cut his teeth in the sketch comedy group Mystery Team and as a writer on NBC. 30 Rockbut it’s the absurd elements of Harmon’s Community which really showcased this thing that makes Donald Glover so – well, Donald Glover.

Where to watch: 6 seasons on Netflix.


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